12 Subtle Signs And Symptoms That Can Tell You Something Is Terribly Wrong WIth Your Liver

Date June 27, 2018

The liver is one of the most important organs in digestion, and its functions are vital for our body. The liver eliminates toxins from the blood before passing it to the body. It also produces proteins that are important for blood clotting, secrets bile, and metabolizes drugs. Basically, no one can live without the liver. Therefore, it is extremely important to know the signs of liver damage to prevent fatal outcome.

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Luckily, there are more than enough symptoms to help your liver in time:

1. Swollen abdomen.

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In case of extremely dangerous liver disease called cirrhosis, you might look pregnant. The condition can cause fluid buildup in your abdomen (ascites). Sometimes, accumulated fluid goes down into the ankles, causing swelling in your feet, ankles, and legs.

2. Jaundice.

One of the most classic symptoms of liver failure is jaundice, a skin color change from normal to yellowish. Whites of the eyes also become yellow. This happens because of bilirubin accumulations all over the body, which cannot be eliminated by the failing liver. Jaundice can also cause full body itching, light-colored stool, and brownish urine.

3. Abdominal pain.

The pain is typically described as throbbing or stabbing and located in the upper right part of abdomen, exactly where the liver sits. The pain can worsen over time.

4. Skin issues.

Wounds that heal very slowly and a lot of bruises can signal issues with the liver. The organ can stop producing proteins responsible for blood clotting. This can lead to prolonged gum bleeding, for instance. Another symptom of liver damage is itchy, irritated skin. It can develop into a flaky rush, which won’t go away.

5. Stool changes.

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You may experience symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, including constipation, episodes of diarrhea, abdominal pain, sudden urges to go the bathroom, etc. Changes in color and makeup of the stool may also be present.

6. Nausea.

Unexplained and frequent episodes of nausea and vomiting are considered to be another common sign of liver damage. This happens due to your body’s inability to eliminate toxins.

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7. Loss of appetite.

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When liver disease is left untreated, it can lead to sudden weight loss due to the lack of appetite. Such changes in appetite and body weight can be manifestations of advanced liver disease, which is extremely life-threatening in combination with malnutrition.

8. Chronic fatigue.

Studies show that chronic exhaustion caused by liver damage has a significant impact on the patient’s quality of life. It is also estimated that this sign can be the only indicator of serious liver issues in most cases. Researchers believe that such fatigue can be caused by the body’s intoxication. Advanced liver disease can even lead to coma.

9. Liver encephalopathy.

According to doctors, toxins that cannot be eliminated by the damaged liver can travel to the brain and cause all sorts of mental health issues, including confusion, memory loss, mood changes, sluggish speech, impaired judgment, etc. Such intoxication can even lead to drowsiness, impaired movement, and coma.

10. High cholesterol and fatty liver.

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The liver is responsible for metabolism and helps digestion. Therefore, the damaged liver may not be able to carry out its function. This can lead to rapid weight gain, especially around your stomach, so-called ‘pot belly.’ Moreover, liver damage can cause the increase in cholesterol levels, which in turn can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure.

11. Halitosis.

Halitosis, or simply bad breath, can be a sign of serious issues with your liver. Although the most common cause of halitosis is bad oral hygiene, if you’re doing well in that department and still having that bad breath, it might be because of your liver. Halitosis in combination with jaundice requires urgent hospitalization and medical treatment.

12. Tongue color changes.

Another indirect sign of liver damage can be yellow buildups on your tongue. Like in case of jaundice, this can happen due to the liver’s inability to eliminate bile from the blood. If the color of the tongue changes to bluish or crimson, it can indicate severe stages of intoxication or cirrhosis.

Although many people do not experience any major symptoms of liver disease, if you notice any persistent changes, no matter how minor they may seem, it is best to consult with your GP to prevent any serious health issues.

                                                                                                            Source: ActiveBeat, Prevention, HealthyWay

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